Usili upma

Cooks in: 20 Minutes Serves: 2 People

This is a traditional dish of TamilNadu, made with rice and moong dal. A very simple dish, but tastes fantastic with a spicy chutney. Generally, this is prepared for dinner. I achieved the same taste with millets and am really happy to share an age old recipe using millets.


  • 3/4 Cup Kodo Millet/Varagu
  • 1/4 Cup Moong dal
  • 2 Tbsp Grated Coconut
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 2 Tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 5 Red Chillies
  • 2 Tsp Urad Dal
  • 2 Tsp Chana Dal
  • 1/2 Tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1/4 Tsp Asafoetida Powder/Hing/Perungayam
  • 10 Curry Leaves


  1. Roast dal and rice lightly. Wash and soak for 30 minutes. Drain.
  2. In a cooker add oil and do the seasoning.
  3. Add dal, rice, water and salt.
  4. Close and cook for 2 whistles. Let pressure settle down.
  5. Open, fluff up after 10 minutes and add grated coconut. Serve with chutney.

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1. For OPOS version, in a 2 Ltr cooker, add pre roasted dal, rice, water, salt and premade tadka. Cook for 2 Whistles. Let pressure settle down. Open and add grated coconut.

2. Little, Barnyard, Foxtail and Proso millets can also be used for this recipe.

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  1. Usili up a with kodomillet.tastes superb.have eaten usili upma in young ages made with rice.too gd. Thank you.

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